August 31, 2018


September 2018

In this issue:


  1. Event Highlights - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
  2. Member Highlights - NSW APSEA GALA AWARDS NIGHT
  3. Upcoming Events - including new YP webinars
  4. News - Membership renewals and NEW Fellowships


NSW Regional Conference will be held in Wollongong from November 14th to 16th which includes a pre-Conference workshop, World GIS Day and the Welcome Reception!

The Conference Organising Committee, led by Liz Fulton, are working very hard to deliver an amazing Conference experience.  CALL FOR ABSTRACTS is now open and we look forward to receiving your submissions no later than September 29th; 'It's Elementary' after all!


An invitation is extended to those wishing to present at the 2018 NSW Regional Conference with the event theme being Air, Land, Fire, Water.

Abstracts must provide an overview of the project, research or topic to be presented, with a maximum of 300 words and be submitted in Microsoft Word - see the following link: .

Submission of Abstracts will close on Friday 29 September 2018. Abstracts will reviewed by the Organising Committee in early October and the outcome of your submission will be advised as soon as possible.

Please note:  Accepted presenters will receive FREE registration to the conference (any accommodation or travel expenses and attendance at the Welcome Reception and/or the NSWSEA Gala Dinner on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings respectively will be at the presenters' own expense).

Below is a list of topics that you may consider submitting your abstract on, however the Committee strongly encourages submissions of presentations in all areas of surveying and spatial science. Presentations should reflect or share recent experiences and are not to be sales focused.


·         Aerial, Mobile and Terrestrial Laser Scanning and Modelling Applications

·         BIM Technology and Adaptation

·         Surveying

·         Drone/RPAS Applications and Mapping

·         GIS in Construction & Infrastructure

·         GDA2020

·         Legislation, planning and reforms

·         Innovative uses of spatial software

·         Spatial Education

·         Use of Spatial Technology in the Community (Emergency Services, Insurance, Town Planning, Vegetation, Real Estate, Fast Food Delivery, Natural Disasters, Utilities etc)

·         Use of Spatial Technology for Natural Resources Management


1.     Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words.

2.     Abstracts MUST be submitted in Microsoft Word using the following link:

3.     Abstracts to be emailed to the SSSI NSW ROM:  by no later than Friday 29 September 2018


Reserve the date too for the NSW APSEA Gala Awards Dinner on Thursday, 15th November, 2018.  If you are yet to nominate a colleague for the Awards it's not too late!

Use the following link until October 1st: .


YP Professional Development Webinars are launching from October 26th at 12.30pm.  Share this information with a young professional and book yourself in to succeed today and 'Build Your Influence'!

Being good at what you do no longer cuts it. You have to build your INFLUENCE. Whether you work for an organisation or yourself, it’s up to YOU to create the professional brand, thinking and content you need to attract business, customers and followers. Developing this new capability is critical for all SSSI professionals. Problem is, it doesn’t just happen.
In this webinar Influence Expert Mark Hodgson will share what you need to DO, BE and BUILD to go turn your expertise into the Influence you need to drive your career.  In a fast-moving and challenging 45-minute presentation Mark will cover 
  • Building confidence
  • Unlocking your full potential (and why HUMANITY is your biggest asset)
  • How to create the content you need to get ahead
  • Why your mindset is as important as your ideas
  • How to get started


The next, companion webinar, in the series is on October 24th from 12.30pm with personal brand expert, Julia Palmer on 'Leveraging Your Network' .

Julia will help you to better understand:

  • The three stages to building profitable business relationships
  • How to be comfortable and even charismatic when starting and leaving conversations
  • What is the difference between building a simple or strategic network
  • What it take to manage visibility and reap the rewards of influential networking.

Make a note in your diary and share the link for bookings: 

Spatial group for GovHack 2018 this weekend!
7-9 September across Australia 
There's a great opportunity coming up to spend the weekend hacking away on a project and meet new people - this is what GovHack is all about. Govhack does not specifically focus on spatial and surveying, but rather the innovative use of Open Data. It is a free fun and relaxed open data competition run on the weekend of 7-9 September across Australia, and in 46 hours teams create a project page, proof of concept and a video that tells the story of how government data can be reused.
The event is not sponsored or run by SSSI. This, however, does not stop us from getting involved and joining the fun. Some SSSI YP members will be registering to attend the hackathon and would be interested to know if anyone else is keen too. If you are interested to attend, let us know so we can all meet up and compete as a team. There will be limited spots and may be best to have around 4-7 people per team (we can always have multiple teams if lots of people are interested). You don't need to be a SSSI member or YP to attend or to join the "spatial" team :)
Check out the GovHack website to register for the event. Once you've registered there, please let us know via this quick registration form so that we can let you know the details of other SSSI members who are taking part in GovHack. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Australian Hydrographic Society (AHS) is hosting the HYDRO18 Conference and Trade Exhibition (HYDRO18) being held at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont during 30 October-3 November 2018.

The Conference and Exhibition, with its theme of 'The Climate for Change - Hydrography in the 21st Century' will allow delegates and the hydrographic profession to consider how best to future utilise the science of hydrography to adapt to climate change, resource sustainability and renewal energy requirements.  Hydrography is the key to facing the rising tide of climate change, knowing our oceans and understanding our future.
SSSI member, John Maschke, is the Conference Director.
More information can be found via:


Membership Renewals: a frendly reminder that renewals are overdue!  If you are yet to renew take the oppportunity today especially with all the work being done to implement the SSSI Strategic Roadmap now, more than ever before, is the time to remain involved and connected to your professional organisation.  If you need a copy of your invoice or have recently changed roles so need the details resent please connect with NSW ROM via .

SSSI Strategic Roadmap can be found via the following link:  

Condolence Message: It is with sadness that we report on the passing of former SSSI member, Annette Seabrook, who was associated with the Cartography Commission and had had a significant career with Crown Lands NSW. Our sympathies are extended to her family at this time.

Changes to Conveyancing (General) Regulation 2018

Clause 31 Conveyancing (General) Regulation 2018 commenced on 1 September 2018.

This regulation means a completed plan of survey older than two years may not be lodged unless accompanied by a completed Certificate of Currency - signed and dated by the original surveyor.

If a plan older than two years is lodged without the Certificate of Currency a requisition will be sent to the lodging party and no further examination of the plan will be done until the Certificate of Currency is completed and lodged with NSW LRS.

The Certificate of Currency will apply to all deposited plans of survey, excluding Survey Information Only Plans, Strata Plans and Compiled Plans.

This announcement is available on our website: 

Additional Information  

Applications are now open for the 2018 NSW Surveyor General International Fellowship in Surveying and Spatial Information.
The Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for surveying and spatial professionals to develop their career and pitch their research ideas to a judging panel. With one Fellowship offered per year, the successful candidate will receive a one-off grant of $15,000 to put towards international professional development and research opportunities at their own discretion.
Previous recipients have provided innovative contributions to Spatial Services and the wider surveying profession. Some examples include; the impact of natural disasters on cadastral boundaries, and how positioning technologies can assist rural and developing areas and investigations into an alternative height datum.
Most of us have an issue, technology or topic we’d love to investigate further. I encourage surveying graduates and related disciplines to take this opportunity to develop their ideas and submit their proposals and become an innovator within their field. It’s also an excellent opportunity for surveying and spatial professionals to expand their professional networks in an international context.
Applicants are required to submit a written application outlining their proposed research and potential outcomes. Applications will be judged on the merit of the proposal and merit of the applicant.
The closing date for applications is Friday 16 November 2018. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Spatial Services website at or click on the flollowing link for further information: Fellowship-Flyer-2018-V4-1.pdf.




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